Gifted education: Rethinking what it means

Pedestrians in Harvard Yard at Harvard University building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Aug 30, 2018.
Pedestrians in Harvard Yard at Harvard University building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on Aug 30, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

It was a searing summer day before the start of the school year, but Julianni and Giselle Wyche, 10-year-old twins, were in a classroom, engineering mini rockets, writing in journals and learning words like "fluctuate" and "cognisant".

The sisters were among 1,000 children chosen for an enrichment course intended in part to prepare them for accelerated and gifted programmes in Montgomery County, Maryland. All of the pupils were from schools that serve large numbers of low-income families. "It's one of my favourite parts of summer," Julianni said.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 16, 2018, with the headline 'Gifted education: Rethinking what it means'. Print Edition | Subscribe